style of speaking or writing as dependent upon choice of words: good diction.
the accent, inflection, intonation, and speech-sound quality manifested by an individual speaker, usually judged in terms of prevailing standards of acceptability; enunciation.
- dic·tion·al, adjective
- dic·tion·al·ly, adverb
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How to use diction in a sentence
The diction is simple, the humor is soft and his subjects deal with the relatable details of daily life.
Classical allusions, poetical turns of phrase, antique diction, recondite words.
The prime minister has also reportedly paid for diction lessons to smooth out her rough Neapolitan accent.
This is yet another masterpiece, even though the tone and diction are all wrong, and the proportions totally off.Joseph Roth’s Letters Reveal a Great Forgotten Writer | Anthony Heilbut | February 10, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
There was a British woman with a mike who sounded smarter than everyone else, due to her Oxford diction.
But give me a comprehensive idea of the place, in your own inimitable unvarnished diction.Ancestors | Gertrude Atherton
Cibber almost new wrote the whole, and the last act was entirely his in conduct, sentiment and diction.The Fatal Dowry | Philip Massinger
The critics say that his sublimity of diction is sometimes carried to an extreme, so that his language becomes inflated.Beacon Lights of History, Volume I | John Lord
Tragedy is a drama in which the diction is dignified, the movement impressive, and the ending unhappy.English: Composition and Literature | W. F. (William Franklin) Webster
He loved a correct and classic diction, and never underrated style, so long as style was not an excuse for poverty of thought.The Life of Mazzini | Bolton King
British Dictionary definitions for diction
the choice and use of words in writing or speech
the manner of uttering or enunciating words and sounds; elocution
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Cultural definitions for diction
The choice of words. Diction is effective when words are appropriate to an audience. A man might refer to his car as his “wheels” in casual conversation with a friend, but if he were writing an essay for a group of economists, he would write, “People base their decision to buy an automobile on the following considerations,” not “People base their decision to buy wheels on the following considerations.”
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